Whale & Dolphin Watching

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Our ECOLOGICAL ADVENTURE leaves from Central Beach with an exciting beach launch and heads east past the bird sanctuary and Keurbooms beach to Arch Rock. Here we usually encounter Bottlenose and the rare Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins as well as some shark species. From Arch Rock we head out into the middle of the Bay where pelagic seabirds are normally to be found some 7km from the shore. Out there our resident Bryde’s whales may be seen, as well as Common Dolphins or Southern Right and Humpback whales during their season. We then traverse the Bay to the point of Robberg Peninsula and out to the WILD side, often seeing groups of Whales and pods of Dolphins. Cruising back along the inside of Robberg, we see the unique geology from this unusual viewpoint and can observe our growing Cape Fur Seal Colony. Finally we head back along the Robberg beach, while a brief rundown on the history of the area is given. After passing the Beacon Island Hotel, built on the site of an original Whaling Station, we end the experience with an exhilarating landing, again on Central Beach.

Whale Close Encounter Ocean Blue is a licensed SABBWWA permit holder, which enables us to approach whales from 50 meters instead of 300 meters. Should the whales approach our vessel we do not have to move away? The guests therefore get an up close experience with these majestic mammals in the bay. Language Offered: English, Afrikaans, Dutch, German, Xhosa and French

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Daily, All year round. Departs at 7:00am. Summer is regarded as Dolphin Season and winter as Whale Watching Season. Closed on Christmas Day and New Years.


1.5 - 2 hours


Due to rough sea conditions or bad weather, if the trip is cancelled, guests will be given the opportunity to reschedule for the very next availability or 100% refund if they have paid in full All Tours and Encounters with Marine Mammals are conducted strictly according to current regulations and conservation guidelines. There is a minimum of 2 passengers per bookings. Maximum of 34 Guests on this service. We cannot guarantee sightings, but if the sighting is unsatisfactory you will receive a voucher to attend the service again free of charge.

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Hopwood Street, Central beach Plettenberg Bay , Plettenberg Bay, South Africa


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